Thursday, January 26, 2023

Newburgh Goldbacks Head to State Championships Under the Dome

The Newburgh Free Academy Varsity football team will head to the state championships after capturing an important victory in the Class AA state semi-finals on Saturday night. The win took place on the Middletown High School’s field.

The Newburgh Goldbacks, a Section 9 team, clinched a 31-20 victory over Christian Brothers Academy, a Section 2 team, for rights to play in the state championship. The Goldbacks advanced to a 10-2 record this season. Christian Brothers Academy, which entered this game undefeated, ended with a 12-1 record.

The Goldbacks had a rough start to their season, suffering back-to-back losses to New Rochelle and Corning in their first two non-league games of the season. From there, Newburgh took off and won every remaining game of the season. Their first league game ended in a 30-0 shutout over Middletown. Just one week later, Newburgh secured another shutout in a 40-0 non-league win versus Warwick.

In the last game of their regular season, Newburgh clinched a 21-14 victory against Monroe-Woodbury, securing rights to head to the Section 9 finals. Newburgh beat Middletown 35-0 to secure the Section 9 championship in what was the Goldbacks’ third shutout of the year.

From there, Newburgh advanced to the Class AA quarterfinal and defeated Carmel 26-20 in overtime. This win brought Newburgh to Saturday night’s Class AA semi-final against Christian Brothers Academy.

Newburgh will now face Bennett/Olmstead/Middle Early College of Buffalo in the state final. The game will be played under the dome at Syracuse University on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:00pm.

Bennett currently has a 6-6 record, although four of those losses were actual wins. The school was forced to forfeit those previous wins due to paperwork violations. Prior to the forfeits, their record was 10-2, which is the same as Newburgh’s record.

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